Live Healthy This proposal aims to improve competition, innovation, available benefit offerings, and provide beneficiaries with affordable plans that are tailored for their unique health care needs and financial situation. CMS will maintain requirements that prohibit plans from misleading beneficiaries in their communication materials, provide CMS the authority to disapprove a bid if a plan's proposed benefit design substantially discourages enrollment in that plan by certain Medicare-eligible individuals, and allow CMS to non-renew a plan that fails to attract a sufficient number of enrollees over a sustained period of time (§§ 422.100(f)(2), 422.510(a)(4)(xiv), 422.2264, and 422.2260(e)). CMS expects organizations to continue designing plan benefit packages that, within a service area, are different from one another with respect to key benefit design characteristics, so that any potential beneficiary confusion is minimized when comparing multiple plans offered by the organization. For example, beneficiaries may consider the following factors when they make their health care decisions: plan type, Part D coverage, differences in provider network, Part B and plan premiums, and unique populations served (for example, special needs plans, or SNPs). In addition, CMS intends to continue the practice of furnishing information to MA organizations about their bid evaluation methodology through the annual Call Letter process and/or Health Plan Management System (HPMS) memoranda and solicit comments, as appropriate. This process allows CMS to articulate bid requirements and MA organizations to prepare bids that satisfy CMS requirements and standards prior to bid submission in June each year.
Initial enrollment period under age 65: If you qualify for Medicare through disability, the fourth month of your IEP is usually the one in which you receive your 25th disability payment. Social Security will let you know when your Medicare coverage starts. You get a second seven-month IEP when you turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare based on age instead of disability — but your coverage continues automatically, without your having to reapply.
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You can join a Medicare drug plan during your Medicare initial enrollment period. If you don't, and you go 63 days or more without "creditable" coverage (such as through an employer), you will pay a penalty based on the national base premium and on how long you delayed before you enrolled.
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Q. How do I get care in an event of a disaster? Substantive changes (for example, major changes to methodology) to existing measures would be proposed and finalized through rulemaking. In paragraphs (d)(2) of §§ 422.164 and 423.184, we propose to initially solicit feedback on whether to make the substantive measure update through the Call Letter prior to the measurement period for which the update would be initially applicable. For example, if the change announced significantly expands the denominator or population covered by the measure (for example, the age group included in the measures is expanded), the measure would be moved to the display page for at least 2 years and proposed through rulemaking for inclusion in Star Ratings. We intend this process for substantive updates to be similar to the process we would use for adopting new measures under proposed paragraph (c). As appropriate, the legacy measure may remain in the Star Ratings while the updated measure is on the display page if, for example, the updated measure expands the population covered in the measure and the legacy measure would still be relevant and measuring a critical topic to continue including in the Star Ratings while the updated measure is on display. Adding the updated measure to the Star Ratings would be proposed through rulemaking.
December 2011 The stars measure how well a Medicare Advantage plan ranks based on such things as its members’ experiences and complaints and its customer service.
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(1) Written policies and procedures. A sponsor must document its drug management program in written policies and procedures that are approved by the applicable P&T committee and reviewed and updated as appropriate. These policies and procedures must address all aspects of the sponsor's drug management program, including but not limited to the following:
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By contrast, our proposed § 423.153(f)(2) uses the terms “reasonable attempts” and “reasonable period” rather than a specific number of attempts or a specific timeframe for plan to call prescribers. The reason for this proposed adjustment to our policy is because our current policy also states that “[s]ponsors are not required to Start Printed Page 56349automatically contact prescribers telephonically,” but those that “employ a wait-and-see approach” should understand that “we expect sponsors to address the most egregious cases of opioid overutilization without unreasonable delay, and that we do not believe that all such cases can be addressed through a prescriber letter campaign.” Our guidance further states that, “to the extent that some cases can be addressed through written communication to prescribers only, we would acknowledge the benefit of not aggravating prescribers with unnecessary telephonic communications.” Finally, our guidance states that, “[s]ponsors must determine for themselves the usefulness of attempting to call or contact all opioid prescribers when there are many, particularly when they are emergency room physicians.” 
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(1) Materials such as brochures; posters; advertisements in media such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio, billboards, or the Internet; and social media content.
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CMS has the authority under section 1857(e)(1) of the Act, incorporated for Part D by section 1860D-12(b)(3)(D) of the Act, to establish additional contract terms that CMS finds “necessary and appropriate,” as well as authority under section 1860D-11(d)(2)(B) of the Act to propose regulations imposing “reasonable minimum standards” for Part D sponsors. Using this authority we previously issued regulations to ensure that multiple plan offerings by Part D sponsors represent meaningful differences to beneficiaries with respect to benefit packages and plan cost structures. At that time, separate meaningful difference rules were concurrently adopted for MA and stand-alone PDPs. This section addresses proposed changes to our regulations pertaining strictly to meaningful Start Printed Page 56418differences in PDP plan offerings. One of the underlying principles in the establishment of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is that both market competition and the flexibility provided to Part D sponsors in the statute would result in the offering of a broad array of cost effective prescription drug coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries. We continue to support the concept of offering a variety of prescription drug coverage choices for Medicare beneficiaries consistent with our commitment to afford beneficiaries access to the prescription drugs they need.
++ In paragraph (n)(3), we propose that if CMS or the individual or entity under paragraph (n)(2) is dissatisfied with a hearing decision as described in paragraph (n)(2), CMS or the individual or entity may request review by the DAB and the individual or entity may seek judicial review of the DAB's decision.
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